Being raised in a family rich in history with a deep love and appreciation for country and family has been a blessing throughout my life. Many of my ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War and also the Civil War. One of my relatives, Edwin Adams, died in Andersonville Prison the day the Civil War ended and is buried in our family cemetery. We cherish the small wooden box filled with letters Edwin wrote to his parents while fighting in the war.
I fondly remember many days playing on the family farm with my cousins and ending our day around the large dining room table in the farmhouse to hear stories of our beloved ancestors who settled this land. A story we never tired of hearing was how in 1837, Horace Adams came in a covered wagon from Eden, Vermont with his wife Catherine to find rich farmland and start a family. After several months of rugged travel, they came to the edge of a big timber and built their log cabin. To this day, Fairview Farm continues to be a working farm and we still gather in the original farmhouse for an old fashioned Thanksgiving. The love of antiques and a simple life came very easily to me!
As a young girl my family purchased land in northern Wisconsin and with much love and hard work built a little log cabin atop a hill overlooking a peaceful lake. Throughout the years we spent our summers at the cabin and every year my love of the Northwoods would grow.
It was on a Christmas visit to the cabin that I met my husband, Timothy and we were married just six weeks later! We made our home in Minocqua, Wisconsin and God blessed us with three beautiful children: Timothy Paul (deceased), Seth Duncan & Abigail Ann. The greatest joy of my life has been my children. Losing our first born as an infant has been the hardest thing I have ever had to face and it has made me evermore appreciative of every moment spent with Seth and Abigail. God is good and I know I will be with my Timothy Paul again, for all eternity.
My husband owned his own custom cabinet business and I was a very happy stay-at-home mom. In 1998, my husband suffered a traumatic brain injury and our lives changed forever. No longer able to continue his cabinet business it was now up to me to support the family. I was terrified and didn’t know what to do. It was at this time my mother, my angel, said, “Elizabeth we are going to turn the cabinet shop into a primitive country shop!” With much love and hard work, The 13th Colony became a reality and opened its doors in the spring of 1999. Throughout the years, God has continued to bless The 13th Colony and has filled my life with much joy & happiness.
Owning a shop has been a fun and exciting experience that I look forward to every day. Without the love and support of my family and a hardworking dedicated staff who put their hearts and souls into everything they do The 13th Colony would not be what it is today. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Elizabeth Ann Duncan-Fehr
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